This song was influenced by the Ray Bradbury story Something Wicked This Way Comes
. Lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor co-wrote it with David J. from the band Bauhaus.
Taylor-Taylor says he was sitting with David J. at breakfast, talking about random topics when the idea for a song hit both of them. Taylor-Taylor told us
that the duo realized the phrase "autumn carnival" was something special because it "made the hair stand up on the backs of our necks." The singer says he's not a person who can sit down and write a song, but when he feels something real, the whole tune just comes out naturally.